Reduced flu vaccine deliveries to start from next week, supplier confirms
GP practices will begin to receive delayed flu vaccine supplies next week after supplier Seqirus pledged to deliver reduced orders ‘no more than one week’ after original delivery dates. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 17, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Winter pressure Source Type: news

Government has left GPs unable to guarantee timely, high-quality care, says BMA
Government inaction has left general practice unable to guarantee 'timely, high-quality care' for patients, the BMA has warned, as 10,000 people signed a petition demanding funding for more GPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 17, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

Routine GP testing to resume but blood tube supply 'remains constrained'
Routine testing in primary care will resume from 17 September although blood tube supplies 'remain constrained', NHS England has confirmed - urging practices to follow strict new guidelines on tests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 16, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GP workload warning as NHS delivers first COVID-19 booster jabs
Rollout of COVID-19 booster vaccinations has begun in the UK - with hospitals delivering the first jabs to staff and eligible patients on 16 September and GP sites to follow within days. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 16, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Medeconomics becomes GP Business
Our relaunched site, GP Business, supports best practice in finance, management and leadership for all professionals working in general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 15, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GP to complete COVID-19 boosters in care homes by 1 November
GP-led COVID-19 vaccination sites have been told to prioritise booster jabs for patients and staff in care homes, offering everyone in this cohort a booster jab by 1 November. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 15, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

NHS aims to vaccinate most 12- to 15-year-olds against COVID-19 by October half term
NHS England is aiming to administer COVID-19 vaccines to most 12- to 15-year-olds by October half term, primarily through a school-based immunisation programme. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 15, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

BMA demands ‘immediate QOF suspension’ as GPs prepare for booster campaign
The BMA has called for an 'immediate suspension' of QOF with income protection to allow GPs to focus on rolling out the COVID-19 booster campaign. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 15, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

'Out of touch' Javid deepens rift with GPs over face-to-face appointments
GP leaders have accused Sajid Javid of being out of touch with reality after he told MPs it is 'high time' GPs offer face-to-face appointments to anyone who wants one now that life in the UK is 'almost back to completely normal'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Doctors vote for BMA to adopt neutral position on assisted dying
The BMA will drop its stance of opposition to assisted dying and adopt a neutral position after a narrow vote in favour of the move at its annual conference. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Policy Source Type: news

JCVI backs COVID-19 booster for over-50s and at-risk groups alongside flu jab
The government has accepted JCVI advice to roll out a COVID-19 booster campaign to all over-50s, health and social care staff and patients in at-risk groups - with jabs set to start from next week. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Pension tax warning as BMA highlights NHS shortfall of 50,000 doctors
Doctors' leaders have urged the government to stop pension tax driving a wave of early retirement, amid BMA warnings that the NHS is 50,000 doctors short as it faces what could be 'one of the worst winters on record'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Government to unveil COVID-19 booster campaign as part of NHS winter plan
The government will unveil details of a COVID-19 booster campaign on 14 September as part of a plan for managing the pandemic through autumn and winter, after receiving final advice from the JCVI. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs demand 'triple lock' on ARRS budgets as unfunded pay rise threatens recruitment
PCNs will be unable to hire the staff they need to support general practice because their budgets have not risen to reflect increased NHS pay rates, GPs have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 13, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

UK CMOs back single dose of COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds
The UK's chief medical officers (CMOs) have advised ministers to offer a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine to all children aged between 12 and 15 years old, and to seek further advice from the JCVI on a second jab in this age group. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 13, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

All doctors should be vaccinated against COVID-19, says BMA
Delegates at the BMA's annual representative meeting have backed a motion saying that all doctors should be vaccinated against COVID-19. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 13, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

BMA demands zero tolerance on racism and hits out at 'discriminatory' regulation
Doctors have demanded a major review of the UK's professional regulation system, warning it discriminates against staff from minority ethnic backgrounds - and have called for zero tolerance on racism in the NHS. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 13, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Equality Source Type: news

Doctors demand more support and less bureaucracy as NHS works on COVID-19 recovery
Doctors have called for more funding, suspension of unnecessary bureaucracy and targets, and for GPs to control how they return to 'business as usual' as the NHS works to recover from COVID-19. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 13, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

GP leaders warn profession 'on its last legs' amid 'barrage of vitriol'
GP leaders have condemned attacks on the profession in the national media over access to face-to-face care - warning that a chronic workforce shortage in general practice has left the profession 'on its last legs'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 10, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

NHS reforms threaten 'clinical voice' at critical time for GPs, warns RCGP
The voice of GPs will be ‘diminished’ under government plans to reform the NHS and could jeopardise the future success of the health and social care system, the RCGP chair has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 10, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Leadership Source Type: news

GPs condemn 'lack of support' from government amid tide of abuse and misinformation
GP organisations have condemned the 'lack of central support or public challenge' from the government amid rising cases of abuse against practice staff and misinformation about GP services. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 10, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

MHRA approval paves way for COVID-19 booster campaign
The MHRA has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for use as booster jabs - with final advice on a booster campaign expected imminently from the JCVI. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 9, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Reformed IIF payment format could start from 2022/23
A major overhaul of how PCNs are paid for meeting targets in the Investment and Impact Fund (IIF) could kick in from 2022/23, GPonline understands. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 9, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

Two-fold variation in GPs in partnership roles between CCGs
The proportion of GPs in partnership roles varies two-fold between CCGs across England - and salaried GPs now outnumber partners in three of London's five CCGs, GPonline analysis shows. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 9, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

Flu and COVID-19 jabs could become mandatory for all NHS workers
Vaccination against flu and COVID-19 could become mandatory for frontline health and care staff under proposals set out in a government consultation. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 9, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Policy Source Type: news

Javid 'confident' COVID-19 boosters will start this month as JCVI update imminent
Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid has said he is 'confident' a COVID-19 booster campaign will start this month and that final advice from the JCVI could come within days. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 8, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

‘Too early’ to talk about flu vaccine shortages, says minister
It is ‘too early’ to talk about flu vaccine shortages despite the UK's largest supplier recently announcing delays of up to two weeks, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has told MPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 7, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Senior BMA GPs resign as talks with NHS England resume
Senior GPs have resigned from roles in the BMA GP committee as its leadership announced a return to talks with NHS England following a months-long stand-off. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 7, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Call for long-term plan as doctors warn £5.4bn NHS cash 'will soon run out'
Doctors' leaders have warned that a £5.4bn NHS cash injection over the next six months will run out fast in the face of a 'gargantuan' COVID-19 backlog - and called for a sustained funding increase as part of a longer-term strategy. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 7, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

Nonsensical to make GPs collect patient ethnicity data twice, warns top doctor
Patient ethnicity data collected during the COVID-19 vaccine campaign should be uploaded to GP IT systems to save practices collecting the same data twice for PCN targets, a senior GP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 6, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

1,600 GPs back complaint over media coverage of access to primary care
Around 1,600 GPs and hundreds of other signatories have backed a complaint to the press standards watchdog by the Doctors Association UK (DAUK) over Telegraph articles on access to general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 6, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

BMA restores formal talks with NHS England after five-month break
The BMA ’s GP committee has agreed to return to formal meetings with NHS England after a five-month standoff, but has warned there is still ‘a long way to go’ to repair relations. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 3, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Leadership Source Type: news

UK CMOs to advise on COVID-19 jabs for 12- 15-year-olds
The government has asked the UK's four chief medical officers (CMOs) to advise on possible rollout of COVID-19 jabs for people aged 12 to 15 after the JCVI said health benefits 'marginally outweigh' potential risk in this group. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 3, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs scramble to cancel clinics as flu vaccine deliveries delayed by 'up to two weeks'
Deliveries of flu vaccine will be delayed for up to two weeks after the UK's largest supplier told GP practices jabs would be disrupted due to 'unforeseen road freight challenges'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 3, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

Government must take responsibility for blood tube shortage chaos, BMA warns
The government must ‘demonstrate publicly visible responsibility’ for the ongoing blood test tube crisis amid ‘unfair complaints, anger and criticism’ aimed at GPs, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 3, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

PCN cash could be fast-tracked under QOF-style overhaul
Millions of pounds in PCN funding could be paid upfront - months ahead of schedule - under a proposal to overhaul payments for Investment and Impact Fund (IIF) work, GPonline has learned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 2, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

£150m PCN cash could be fast-tracked under QOF-style overhaul
PCN funding worth £150m this year could be paid upfront - months ahead of schedule - under a proposal to overhaul payments for Investment and Impact Fund (IIF) work, GPonline has learned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 2, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

Four in five GPs say abuse from patients has worsened in pandemic
Four in five GPs say abuse from patients has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, with delayed treatment and high demand for appointments fuelling frustration. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 2, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

JCVI backs third COVID-19 jab for immunosuppressed as booster plans remain in doubt
Patients who were 'severely immunosuppressed' at the time of their first or second COVID-19 jab will be offered a third dose in line with updated JCVI advice, but the committee has yet to confirm whether a wider booster campaign should go ahead. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 1, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs face patients' anger over cancelled tests as NHS awaits extra blood tubes
GPs are facing anger and abuse from patients over blood tests cancelled due to a chronic test tube shortage, as the government confirmed it had secured 9m extra tubes. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 1, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Targets for remote GP consultations 'disingenuous', says BMA
Targets promoting online GP consultations are 'disingenuous' alongside criticism of access to face-to-face care and could drive up inequality, GPs have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 1, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Technology Source Type: news

GP practices to deliver 200,000 doses a year of new anti-cholesterol jab
GP practices in England could deliver 200,000 doses a year of an anti-cholesterol jab for people with high cholesterol or a history of cardiovascular disease, after NICE backed the drug in draft guidance. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 31, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

GPs forced to spend hours cancelling tests amid 'perilous' blood tube shortage
GPs are losing hours of time deciding which blood tests to cancel as a 'perilous' shortage of test tubes leaves doctors fearing diagnoses will be missed, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 31, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

GP practices face CQC inspection via video call as regulator overhauls checks
The CQC will increase its use of video calls to interview practice staff during inspections under a revamped approach to regulation that will also reduce checks on surgeries rated 'good' or 'outstanding'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 27, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Professional regulation Source Type: news

GPs instructed to halt all non-urgent blood tests until mid-September
NHS England has asked GPs to stop all non-urgent blood tests until 17 September - and has warned that supplies of blood test tubes will become ‘even more constrained’ before they improve. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 27, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

All children and young people removed from shielded patient list
The UK CMOs have accepted a recommendation that all children and young people who remain on the shielded patient list should be removed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 26, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Expanded PCN incentive scheme includes new targets for online consultations and prescribing
NHS England has introduced new targets for the number of online consultations practices should conduct from October, as part of a significantly expanded incentive scheme for PCNs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 25, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Primary care networks Source Type: news

Overhauled PCN incentive scheme includes new targets for online consultation and prescribing
NHS England has introduced new targets for the number of online consultations practices should conduct from October, as part of a significantly expanded incentive scheme for PCNs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 25, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Primary care networks Source Type: news

Nine in ten female doctors experience sexism at work, BMA poll finds
More than nine in ten female doctors (91%) have experienced sexism in the workplace within the last two years, with 42% saying they did not feel able to report it, a new BMA poll has found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 25, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Nine in ten female doctors experience sexism in the workplace
More than nine in ten female doctors (91%) have experienced sexism in the workplace within the last two years, with 42% saying they did not feel able to report it, a new BMA poll has found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 25, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news